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Saturday 13 December, from 7–8pm
William S Burroughs Fest
Michael Horovitz and Vanessa Vie will be on the panel for this event.
Bookings @ £6 can be accessed here.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY

Saturday 14 December, from 2–3.30pm
William S Burroughs Fest
Michael Horovitz will be on the panel for this event.
Bookings @ £8 can be accessed here.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY

Wednesday 17 December, from 7.30pm till late
The Word Is Your Oyster with Vanessa Vie & Michael Horovitz

The next TWIYO is going to be a real delight. We’re Celebrating Solstice & Yule with words, song, music and life!

Michael Horovitz, Lorraine Jordan, Vanessa Vie, Annie Whitehead, Jennifer Maidman, Ruby Thompson, our resident band LUND, and of course the build up to …… the word of the night collective collaboration finale using your poetic offerings folks. WOW! Put the date in your diary quick and let nothing stand in its way!

This is a rare chance to experience Michael Horovitz, the song-poet and anglosaxophonist in action. Pioneer of jazz poetry, New Departures editor and Poetry Olympics torchbearer. Michael has been dubbed a “Popular, experienced, experimental, New Jerusalem, Jazz Generation, Sensitive Bard” by Allen Ginsberg. Characterised by Martin Amis as “A dreamer, a maverick … transmedial crusader”, by Margaret Drabble as “An original poet, with an original voice”, and by Vogue as “The worst-dressed poet in Britain”. Michael recently recorded with Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller for Gearbox Records.

This time not only will Michael have the musical company of TWIYO regulars and fellow William Blake Klezmatrix band members the fabulous & transcendent Jennifer Maidman (guitar/bass) & Annie Whitehead (trombone). He is also delighting us by bringing his singer-songsmith, guitarist, harmonica player, lyricist-poet, & visual artist partner Vanessa Vie. This is a truly magical in all ways!

Lorraine Jordan is an acclaimed singer songwriter who takes the influences of her Irish roots and love of traditional ballads and combines them with her contemporary musical influences to create an intoxicating and thought provoking set of original songs. She’s released 4 CDs to date and has shared stages with Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, the Waterboys and The Chieftains to name but a few.

Ruby Thompson will be giving us a story, LUND will be playing their new song ‘Lightning tree’ and we may be joined by a tap dancing poet!

Doors 7.30pm First set 8pm
Tickets £7/£5 (cons) on the door
Solstice cocktails and house beers will be on special

The Russet Art Café, Hackney Downs studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT

Poetry Olympics needs storage space!
Torchbearer Michael Horovitz is urgently seeking affordably rented storage/studio space in/within a few miles of Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater and Ladbroke Grove areas. Even poetry, art and music productions are on offer as part payment. If you know of available space, please send details from the Contact page.